Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lighter fare

New Gaelic school planned for Glasgow
The Scotsman via
7 Feabhra 2013

A new Gaelic school is to be created in Glasgow following an £800,000 investment from the Scottish Government.

The primary school will be part of the existing Glendale Campus in Pollokshields. Alastair Allan, the minister for learning, said:

“The continued increase in demand for Gaelic medium education in Glasgow clearly demonstrates that parents are not only recognising the impressive learning benefits that come with a bilingual education, but that we are securing a sustainable and vibrant future for the language in future generations.

“I am delighted to announce this latest funding and look forward to work beginning on the school to create an environment that will inspire pupils and school staff throughout their time there.”

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All about my mother tongue – one man's struggle to keep the Irish language alive
Irish Independent via
2 Feabhra 2013

Manchán Magan grew up in Dublin 4, lived for a while in a cowshed in the Himalayas, became a celebrity on Irish-language tv, and is now writing Irish plays for English-speaking audiences.

As befits a published travel writer, his life story has been quite a journey.I asked him to explain it. “It all goes back to one moment,” he said, “on the morning of Easter Sunday, 1916.” Magan’s great-granduncle was The O’Rahilly – a founder of the Irish Volunteers and an ardent Irish-language revivalist. That morning, as O’Rahilly kissed his wife goodbye (he would be killed in the Rising), he was watched by his niece, Sighle Humphreys – Magan’s grandmother.

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First the bad news

Deireadh leis an nuachtán Gaelscéal
Galway Advertiser via
7 Feabhra 2013

Cuirfear críoch le foilsiú an nuachtán Gaelscéal ag deireadh mhí an Mhárta.

Tháinig an scéal seo aniar aduaidh ar phobal na Gaeilge an deireadh seachtaine seo caite, nuair a fógraíodh go raibh Foras na Gaeilge ag cur deireadh leis an maoiniú a bhí á gcur ar fáil do Thorann na dTonn, an comhlacht a bhí i mbun an nuachtáin.

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Foras na Gaeilge le críoch a chur le maoiniú Gaelscéal
Irish Times via
6 Feabhra 2013

D’fhógair Foras na Gaeilge Dé hAoine go raibh siad le deireadh a chur le maoiniú an nuachtáin, Gaelscéal. Tá an foras le héirí as an chonradh a bhí acu leis an chomhlacht Torann na dTonn leis an nuachtán a fhoilsiú.

‘Luach ar airgead’

I ráiteas a d’eisigh an foras, dúradh gur “i gcomhthéacs luach ar airgead” a tógadh an cinneadh ag cruinniú dá mbord ar 25ú Eanáir.

Dúradh sa ráiteas gur léirigh cinneadh an bhoird “nach é an fhormáid chlóite an bealach is oiriúnaí le seirbhís nuachta a sholáthar do phobal léitheoireachta na Gaeilge”.

Dhéanfaí staidéar ar riachtanais agus ar mhianta phobal léitheoireachta na Gaeilge sula ndéanfaí an cinneadh sin, a dúirt sé.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

News from deireadh na míosa, only slightly stale

Totally thought I put these up already. Huh. Plus, I totally blew past the 500th post a few back. Ah, well.

English-Irish dictionary to be completed by 2015
25 Eanáir 2013

Cyberbullying, retweet, and cloud computing — just some of the words we can now say as Gaeilge.

It’s all thanks to the launch of — the first major English-Irish dictionary since the publication of Tomás de Bhaldraithe’s dictionary in 1959.

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NW man edits first dictionary since 1959
29 Eanáir 2013
Londnderry man Dr Pádraig Ó Mianáin has edited the first major English-Irish dictionary since Tomás de Bhaldraithe’s over 50 years ago with ‘ghost estates,’ ‘cyberbullying,’ ‘retweet,’ ‘defriend’ and ‘cloud computing’ amongst words now included in the lexicon.

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